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Comment on HS2 in London

Posted on: 29 March 2015 at 14:06:27
Andrew Bosi for London Forum has published comments on the 'Developing UK Rail' conference held on 4th March 2015.
London Forum opposes using Euston as the terminal for HS2 - see here.

New Era for England's Heritage

Posted on: 28 March 2015 at 14:19:53
On 1 April 2015, English Heritage will separate to become two organisations:Historic England, a public body to champion and protect England’s historic environment, everything from prehistoric remains to post-war office buildings, and The English Heritage Trust, a new independent charity retaining the name English Heritage, to look after – on behalf of the nation – the National Heritage Collection of more than 400 historic sites across England including Stonehenge, Dover Castle and some of the best preserved parts of Hadrian’s Wall.  See more here.

Latest London Datastore of statistics and information

Posted on: 28 March 2015 at 10:21:07
The GLA's Datastore of facts and figures about London is available here.
The Tweets on the right hand side of the first web page point to recent analysis and reports.

Engagement in local flood risk management

Posted on: 26 March 2015 at 09:46:10
CIRIA, the construction industry research and information association, has published new, free guidance to provide support for those working in local flood risk management.
The two guides, Communication and engagement in local flood risk management (C751) and Communication and engagement techniques in local flood risk management, companion guide (C752) bring together experiences, as well as ideas that have been tried and tested.
The guides will be useful in identifying, engaging and working with people likely to be affected by flooding, or integral to its future management.
It can be used at several stages of managing flood risk, from building engagement and awareness, and the preparation of a local flood risk management strategy or surface water management plan, through to recovery after an event, and benchmarking activities.
The guidance will provide practical help for:

  • Lead Local Flood Authorities

  • District authorities and other local authority organisations

  • Sewerage undertakers

  • Other Risk Management Authorities

  • National government, national regulator and strategic bodies

  • Environmental regulators

  • Consultancies

Response made to Nine Elms Public Realm consultation

Posted on: 24 March 2015 at 12:24:02
London Forum's input to the consultation is here.

New rules for Judicial Review

Posted on: 23 March 2015 at 12:10:11
The Open Spaces Society has drawn attention to measures in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 part 4 which stymie the ability of bodies acting in the public interest to seek judicial review.
Higher thresholds have been set for allowing a JR and there is now a greater risk of costs.
See details on pages 1 and 8 of the Open Spaces Society Spring 2015 newsletter here.

Better homes and bungalows for Britain's older people

Posted on: 22 March 2015 at 20:07:22
Older people should be given a greater choice where to live during their retirement under plans outlined on 21st March 2015 by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.
With around one in six people aged over 65, Mr Lewis said anyone wanting to move should have the option to do so – but should also get help if they want to stay in their own home.
The minister is publishing new planning guidance asking councils to take better account of the needs of their older residents when planning new homes in their area.
This will make clear the responsibility councils have to ensure a wide range of different properties are built in their area to meet the diverse housing needs of people as they get older – including for bungalows where they are needed
The details are here 

Open Meeting 23 March - CANCELLED

Posted on: 10 March 2015 at 08:08:10
London Forum regrets to announce that the Hustings Open Meeting set for the evening of 23 March has been cancelled.Despite vigorous efforts it has not been possible to assemble a panel of candidates to answer questions from an audience.

English Heritage: new management and energy efficiency

Posted on: 17 February 2015 at 18:03:30
Two publications have been added to this site.
One is about the Heads of the two parts of what was English Heritage and the other is about achieving energy efficiency in historic buildings.

Taxi Drivers Assoc wants facilities for electric cabs

Posted on: 4 February 2015 at 11:55:21
Clean Air for London and the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association have called on the Mayor to provide facilities and to change rules to enable electric taxis.

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